Fugitives surrender with 5-year-old
After eight days on the run, an Independence couple sought in the videotaped sex killing of 41-year-old Marsha Spicer surrendered early Thursday evening in Barton County, Mo.
At the time of their arrest, authorities also took custody of a 5-year-old girl kidnapped recently from her home in Pittsburg, Kan.
Richard D. Davis and Dena D. Riley surrendered to sheriff’s deputies in Lamar, Mo., at 5:50 p.m. Lamar is about 120 miles south of Kansas City.
Davis and Riley had been in the Kansas City area within the past two days, after having been spotted in suburban St. Louis and Perryville, Mo., about 100 miles south of St. Louis, several days earlier.
Davis, 41, and Riley, 39, had been missing since May 17, two days after Spicer’s nude and beaten body was found in a shallow grave in Lafayette County, just east of Jackson County.
Authorities have not said that they suspect Davis and Riley in other killings, but an area woman has said she fears that her daughter was a victim of the couple. Sanders would not say if the two were suspected in the deaths of other women. However, he said additional charges were “likely.”
Police have said that they recovered a videotape that showed the two suspects beating, strangling and sexually assaulting Spicer in Davis’ apartment in the 1100 block of West Truman Road early on Mother’s Day morning.
Also Thursday, a Shawnee woman continued to insist that her daughter, Michelle Ricci, was the person in a photo distributed by Independence police as part of the investigation and that her daughter might have been in contact with Davis.
“I know that’s my daughter, and I haven’t seen her since April 3,” Sherry Ballew said. In the photo, which police released on Sunday, Ricci appears distressed, with blotches on her face and a vein protruding from her forehead.
Above left: Marsha Spicer (KCTV5 photo)